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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson Capacity Building Grant

Grants to Tucson Area, Arizona Nonprofits Addressing Social
Problems for Long-Term Capacity Building

Agency Type:

Foundation / Corporation

Funding Source:

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Social Venture Partners (SVP) Tucson

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Deadline Date:

01/18/18 Midnight


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Grants averaging $25,000 to Greater Tucson Area, Arizona nonprofit organizations that address social problems for long-term capacity-building projects. Funding is intended to support nonprofits that strive to alleviate poverty and remove barriers to success for children, youth, and family. Grant funds can be used for general operating support, program-specific needs, or capacity-building projects.

SVP seeks to develop true partnerships with nonprofits. SVP’s model is not appropriate or desirable for every nonprofit. SVP’s approach is unique and most nonprofits are not accustomed to a funder being involved with the internal work of an organization. For those nonprofits that are willing to engage in this type of relationship, SVP offers a compelling opportunity for financial and organizational capacity building support. However, it takes appreciable time and effort from SVP and Investees to understand how to effectively engage SVP’s resources, develop trust with SVP to jointly address organizational needs; and provide orientation and management of volunteers. To optimize the relationship, an Investee must be willing to spend time and resources, especially up front, to accrue the benefits.

The focus area is intentionally defined in broad terms, recognizing that the most impactful work is dynamic and often multi-disciplinary. Nonprofit partners are sought that are committed to creating positive change for youth and families, providing the tools to develop Pathways out of Poverty. Examples include organizations that work in one or more of the following areas:

Educational Attainment:
- Close the achievement gap by keeping students in school, helping them graduate, getting those who drop out back in school, preparing them for post-secondary education/training, supporting college access/retention
- Help students meet or exceed on-grade academic indicators (3rd grade reading, 4th grade math, 8th grade science, STEAM curriculum, etc.)
- Increase access to quality early learning and childcare programs

Family Stability:
- Build supportive parent and child interactions that create positive relationships
- Increase skills training, education, and career guidance for individuals with families, allowing them to earn a livable wage
- Provide tools and opportunities for families to build their savings and assets

Youth Resiliency:
- Provide positive role models and mentors to at-risk youth
- Help young adults develop the habits, skills, and self-efficacy required for meaningful employment
- Promote positive engagement in the community, or meaningful enrichment activities to at-risk youth

If your work does not fit into one of these categories, yet addresses timely and critical barriers to children, youth and family success, consider applying. New approaches are always of interest.

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 149258

Number of Grants:

SVP’s investment committees typically selects one investee each year.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Grants are generally in the amount of $25,000.

Term of Contract:

SVP makes single-year grants with the intent of forming multi-year relationships with Investees. Assuming reasonable progress is made in these areas, SVP expects that funding relationships with most organizations will last for 3 years.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:


-Applicants must be classified as a 501(c)(3) public charity;
-Organization’s managing staff must be located in the greater Tucson area.

Applicants should also demonstrate the following organizational characteristics (the more of these characteristics that are present, the stronger the application, but SVP will not eliminate organizations because only some of these characteristics are present):

-Employ at least three full-time or equivalent employees;
-Have a total operating budget between $300,000 and $5,000,000;
-Have been in operation for at least three years; and
-Programs serve at least 100 annually.


-SVP will not consider grant requests from individuals, public school districts or their schools, religious organizations for sectarian purposes, pure sports teams, or any organization that discriminates on the basis of race, sexual orientation, gender, age, marital status, national origin, or physical ability; and
-SVP will not make grants to support auctions or fundraising events, debt reduction, endowment funds or capital campaigns.

Pre-proposal Conference:

Information Session: Monday, Dec. 18, 2:30-3:30 p.m. at the Community Foundation for Southern Arizona

RSVP using the link in Contact Information below.

Pre-Application Information:

- Applications open: November 30
- “Meet SVP!” Information Sessions: December 5 @ 10am and Monday, December 18 @ 2:30pm
- Application Deadline: January 18 @ Midnight
- Semi-finalists notified and notify applicants not selected: February 22
- Semi-Finalists Meet with Liaisons and Liaison Board Meeting: Late February – Mid March
- Semi-Finalists Presentations: March 20
- Finalists notified and notify semi-finalists not selected: March 22
- Finalists sites visits: March 27
- New investee notified and notify finalist not selected: April 9
- Public Announcement: April 12
- Introduce Investee – Annual Partner Meeting: April 12
- Welcome New Investee Event: May 4

Funding areas:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

RSVP for December 18 information session:

Apply Online:

SVP Tucson
c/o Community Foundation for Southern Arizona
2250 E. Broadway Blvd
Tucson, AZ 85719

P: 520-622-8476
F: 520-770-1500

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Geographic Focus:

USA: Arizona: Greater Tucson area